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Robert Kokoruda

Robert J. Kokoruda, ’79

Posted on 05 November 2013 by vunruh

Robert (Bob) Kokoruda passed away on September 15, 2013.  He was born in Helena, MT to Mike and Ruth Kokoruda on December 10, 1938. As a young child, Bob and his brother were put into a Catholic Orphanage until his mom later remarried and his step-father took them in.

In 1956 he graduated from high school and immediately enlisted into the USAF where he served for eight years until being honorably discharged in 1964. During that time he traveled to both coasts of the U.S. and went overseas to Africa.

In 1962 he married Anna G. Clark in Loveland, CO. Shortly after, they were stationed at Wright Patterson Air force Base in Ohio where their first bundle of joy, James Alvin, was born in 1963.  After being discharged they moved to Loveland and then Fort Collins, CO where Bob worked for All Appliance Service as a repairman.  In 1967 they moved to LaSalle, Colorado and in 1970 Rick(y) Alan was born.

In 1972 Bob became a Christian. In 1977 Bob accepted his calling into ministry and packed the family up and moved to Sioux Falls, SD to attend college. In 1979 they moved to Omaha, NE to continue his education at Grace College of Bible and received his Bachelors Degree. He then became ordained and preached at Bethel Baptist Church in Valley, NE.

Bob enjoyed many opportunities to minister in the years following. Included in this time he worked at Open Door Mission from 1979-1987 as a Saturday speaker, then Chaplain and finally, Mission Director. In 1987 Bob and Anna moved to western Nebraska where Bob took on dual pastoral duties at Bethel Baptist Church and Evergreen Union Church, while also ministering at various care facilities and camp programs. In 1990 they moved to Longmont, CO to pursue master and doctorate degrees in Biblical Theology.  While there he participated in pulpit supply, teaching Bible studies and singing.

In 2000 they moved to St. Peter, MN to be closer to their children. In 2003 they moved to Nicollet, MN. While in Nicollet, they attended Grace Baptist Church in Mankato.  Bob retired in 2008 from Creation Inc. while continuing to serve in various aspects of ministry. Until finally, after a two year battle with cancer, he receive his final reward, to sit at the feet of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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1979 Heidi Renee Vontz

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1979 Heidi Renee Vontz, 43, of Omaha, died Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 in Lincoln at a family members home. Heidi was born in Beatrice on March 7, 1968, the daughter of the late Donald and Elsie (Else) Vontz. She served in the U.S. Air Force currently a Master Chief Sgt. in Nebraska Air National Guard. A member of the Life Church in Omaha, active in church mission trips.

Heidi is survived by daughters, Analiese Vontz of Lincoln, Gloria Renshaw and son Jeremiah of Omaha; a son, Andrew Vontz of Lincoln; Guardians of Heidi’s children, Jane and Phil Corkill and son Bridger of Lincoln; two sisters, Rose (Fred) Stadelmayer of California, Elaine Vontz of Lincoln; brothers, Mike (Ann) Vontz of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Randy Baker of Louisville; four nieces, Michelle Swetland and family of Lincoln, Stepanie Crosby of Lincoln, Robin Landon and family of California, Brooke Mixan and family of Louisville; three nephews, Robert Broodbooks and family of California, Brandon Baker and family of Lincoln, Blake Baker of Louisville; extended family, 155th Fss Squadron; family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Angie Baker.

Funeral Service: 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2nd, at United Methodist Church, Weeping Water, with Pastor Dobie Weasel officiating. Interment: Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials to the family for later designation. Condolences or tributes Arrangements by Hammons Family Funeral Services, Weeping Water.


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1979 Hazel L. Sanders

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1979 Hazel L. Sanders of Cambridge, MN, passed away at 90 years of age on January 27, 2011 at Cambridge Medical Center.

Hazel LuVerna Anderson, the younger of two children, was born on August 19, 1920 to Sidney and Alice Anderson on Cedar Hill Farm near Upsala, Minnesota.  She attended elementary school in Upsala and was confirmed at Upsala Covenant Church.  She graduated from Little Falls High School in 1938 and was baptized as a teenager at First Baptist Church in Little Falls. Hazel attended Northwestern College in Minneapolis where she studied Christian education and sang in a women’s trio.

At Northwestern, Hazel met her future husband, Harold A. Sanders, Sr., and they were married on April 5, 1941.  For 55 years, they faithfully served churches in Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois.

She enjoyed many activities that come with being a pastor’s wife; and, as the mother of nine children, she found time to be a Cub Scout den mother, arrange “theme” birthday parties, and direct Christmas programs.  She made each of her children feel special as she cared for them and exemplified her Christian faith.  Her culinary skills were appreciated at 4-H and church camps, and she enjoyed entertaining missionaries and other guests. She catered smorgasbords for churches and civic groups.  She frequently spoke at women’s events and for other organizations.

When her husband became dean of men at Grace University in Omaha, Hazel served on the school’s public affairs staff where she scheduled engagements for the school’s music groups and faculty.  She delighted in mentoring women students and joined her husband in entertaining and counseling engaged and newly-married students.

In 1987 the couple moved to the community where Hazel spent her childhood, retiring to their home on Pine Lake near Upsala.  She chaired the Upsala Senior Center board of directors, was involved in other community activities, and participated in the Congregational Church in rural South Elmdale, MN where her husband was interim pastor.

Following the death of her husband in 1996, Hazel moved to Mill Ridge Commons in Cambridge, MN.  She became a member of First Baptist Church, Cambridge, and was active in the Seniors’ Sunday School class and missions prayer group.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, the Rev. Harold A. Sanders, Sr.; son, Mark; and brother, the Rev. Raymond Anderson.

She is survived by daughters, Mavis Sanders, of Winfield, IL; Alice (Thomas) Hamilton, of Greendale, WI; and sons, Harold “Hal” (Diane) Sanders, of Brooklyn Park, MN; Dr. Paul Sanders (Gretchen), of Cambridge, MN; David (Marsha) Sanders, of Cedar Rapids, IA;  the Rev. Dr. John (Delores) Sanders, of Redondo Beach, CA; the Rev. James (Jo Ann) Sanders and Thomas (Marianne) Sanders, of Minneapolis, MN, daughter-in-law, Dr. Susan (Mark Sanders) McClure, of Tucson, AZ; sisters-in-law Elaine (Raymond) Anderson, of  Lancaster, CA and Gladys (Wallace) Sanders, of Oelwein, IA; 24 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

Visitation will take place at First Baptist Church, Cambridge on Saturday, February 5 from 10:00 until the memorial service at 11:30 a.m.   Private interment will follow in Upsala, MN.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be directed to the First Baptist Church of Cambridge or Camp Lebanon, Upsala.


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